In a press release issued May 14, 2013, Deborah A.P. Hersman, NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) Chairman, said, "Most Americans think that we've solved the problem of impaired driving, but in fact, it's still a national epidemic. On average, every hour one person is killed, and 20 more are injured."
The NTSB on the 25th anniversary, May 13, 2013, of our nation's deadliest drunk-driving crash killing twenty-four children and three adults in Kentucky, is making bold recommendations to reach zero and eliminate alcohol-impaired driving.
The NTSB recommendations are:
- Reduce state BAC limits from 0.08 to 0.05 or lower
- Increase use of high-visibility enforcement
- Develop and deploy in-vehicle detection technology
- Require ignition interlocks for all offenders
- Improve use of administrative license actions
- Target and address repeat offenders
- Reinforced use and effectiveness of DWI courts
Research cited by NTSB shows that impairment starts at a BAC (blood alcohol concentration) of 0.05 and above. This impairment begins with difficulty with depth perception and other visual functions. Over 100 countries on six continents have BACs of 0.05.
These recommendations come as a result of staggering yearly statistics of nearly 10,000 deaths, 27,000 lives altered forever and another 146,000 injured.
Hurt by Drunk Driver Accident Attorney, Randall Spivey of Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. says "With these staggering statistics, elimination of drunk driving is a high priority. The state of Florida has passed special laws designed to help the victims of drunk driving accidents. For instance, Florida law provides for unlimited punitive damages in cases where a drunk driver has injured or killed another person. Our Naples DUI accident lawyers use these laws to obtain justice for victims of drunk driving accidents."
Fort Myers Personal Injury Lawyer, Randall L. Spivey is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney – the highest recognition for competence bestowed by the Florida Bar and a distinction earned by less than 2 percent of Florida attorneys. He has handled over 1,600 personal injury and wrongful death cases throughout Florida. For a free and confidential consultation to discuss your legal rights, contact the Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A., in Lee County at 239. 337.7483 or toll free at 1.888.477.4839, or by email to Randall@SpiveyLaw.com. Visit SpiveyLaw.com for more information. You can contact Spivey Law Firm, Personal Injury Attorneys, P.A. in Charlotte County at 941.764.7748 and in Collier County 239.793.7748.